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Child Support - Support for children over the age of 18?

Many children are still financially dependent upon their parents after the end of their secondary schooling.

A parent can ask a Court to make a “maintenance” order for a child over the age of 18 if the child has special needs relating to education or training, or a disability. The Court looks at the needs of the child and the capacity of the child and each parent to meet the child’s needs.

An agreement about maintenance for a child over the age of 18 can be documented in a consent order, which is binding and enforceable, or in a Parenting Plan which is not enforceable.

The information on this website is of a general nature only and may not reflect recent changes to certain areas of law. It should not be relied upon as a substitute for discussing your situation with a qualified legal practitioner.